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Title: Changes in working class culture in Rotherham
Author: Charlesworth, S. J.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 1997
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Abstract:
The thesis looks at a town called Rotherham in South Yorkshire. The focus is upon the extent of changes in working class culture that have issued from the loss of industry and the collapse of the local economy. Alongside this picture of a community in change the main body of the thesis is concerned to develop an account of working class people as necessarily suffering because of their changed position in the national economy. The thesis locates the most personally felt tragedies in the Social sphere and is an exercise in socio-analysis: that is, an attempt to expiate the pain of the people involved in these experiences through their being offered the possibility of recognising their personal plight as a social destiny. The thesis is a product of three years of work that has generated around 400,000 words worth of transcribed material that records the thoughts of the people of the town. The vast bulk of the interviews is with people who are socially vulnerable and marginal but I have also tried to involve the local police and health services. The thesis, therefore, contributes to our knowledge of the deeper effects of contemporary economic and social organisation. The task of analysis utilised the works of diverse social thinkers, from Bourdieu to Habermas but the analysis of the personal has rested heavily on the Phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty and the philosophical meditations of Wittgenstein and others, including, Charles Taylor and Stephen Mulhall. The central thesis, that working class culture has become asocial, atomised, alienated, rests upon the theoretical work carried out in making sense of what is actually being said by the people who I interviewed. Indeed, the conclusion points toward a theory of alienation and dispossession that has robbed working class people of any meaningful human life: one in which they experience a sense of value and esteem.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.597497  DOI: Not available
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